A Confederate States cover with a manuscript Wylliesburg, Va dated October 24, 1864
A Confederate States cover with a manuscript Wylliesburg, Va dated October 24, 1864 and rated Paid 10 to Martinsville, Va. The Confederate States of America took over postal operations from the United States Post Office Department on June 1, 1861. This is an example of an “adversity” usage as paper became scarce in the South during the war and many forms of scrap paper were recycled. This is an illustrated sales sheet for an Apple Peeler. Other adversity usages include wall paper, book leaves, brown bags, maps, etc. Just about anything that was available.